‘As we honour the Past, we meet in the Present, and together we step into the Future’
We are still in the development stage of all the aspects of Our Community History Project. Your feedback is welcome to improve any aspect of it. Please get in touch! Email:
Objectives of the Community History Project
The Findhorn Community History Project aims to achieve the following:
- A comprehensive Community History of the last 60 years
- Creating inclusion through collecting stories:
- Personal stories from
- People who are living/have lived in the Findhorn Foundation Community over the last 60 years
- People who have significant interest in the Findhorn Foundation Community – such as frequent visitors, supporters, neighbours etc
- Stories exemplifying community life, the experience of the Mystery School
- Stories of the Building Blocks of our Community – organisations, projects, groups, places, significant people
- A list of Ancestors – people who have lived in the Community and have died
- A list of the Next Generation – young people who were born in the Community and those who grew up in the Community for a significant period
- A photo gallery of People and Places
- Personal stories from
- Linking with the existing Community Archives to check facts and ensure consistency as well as a comprehensive picture. This may be a catalyst to revive engagement with the archives more widely.
- Linking with previous publications, authors etc central to the Community’s History (biographies of founders and contributors, Community publications etc)
- Creating a Timeline – building on Mike Scott’s Year by Year History which was written in 2007 and completing it up to 2022 (Mike has given his permission and expressed enthusiasm for the idea)
- Providing a Summary of the Community’s History to enhance accessibility and comprehension of the complexity of our collective history
- Completing a substantial part of this work in time for the 60th birthday in Nov 2022
Who is it for?
Anyone resident in the Findhorn Foundation Community – now and in the past 60 years.
The audience may expand beyond that but this will emerge and depends on the outcome of further consultations and contributions.
Links with other projects
This Community History project is linked with the 60th Birthday Project through:
- The way it has come into being
- Possible events prior to the 60th Birthday similar to the 12 Foundations of Findhorn held in 2011/12
- A possible Collaborative Arts event/project which may include aspects of the gathered stories and images
It is also linked to the Archives Project:
- As a source of information for fact checking
- A source of material to add to the History Page (photos, links, documents etc)
How will it work?
- The History will sit on an online platform to be designed by the IT support team. Presently we are exploring a Wiki format. In the interim we are starting the online platform here on the NFA website to start gathering momentum and to allow us to pilot the submissions process with you all here in the Community. Your engagement and feedback is very welcome!
- The curating team is working on the submissions process by
- Setting the guidelines for submissions based on the Common Ground
- Addressing legal issues of GDPR, copyright, ownership etc
- Receiving the submissions and ensuring that they match the guidelines. If there are any discrepancies, a final version will be agreed with the author before publishing it.
- You can help that process by getting a friend/peer who is familiar with the community and ideally the Community History Project to review your piece to get the feedback/wisdom and wider perspective of someone else.
- Passing on final versions to the IT team to put up on the platform
- Extracting information to put into the Year by Year History document
- To gather the stories of the Building Blocks of our Community we will invite focalisers who have intimate knowledge of the area to gather the stories of their area. Inclusiveness and comprehensiveness are crucial aspects of this work. The call for focalisers will be open and broad. Many areas may well have small working groups to ensure comprehensiveness and to allow for inclusion. A list of the areas will be published here.